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UW-Eau Claire Plans Activities to Celebrate Native American Awareness Month

RELEASED: March 22, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a series of events throughout April to recognize Native American Awareness Month.

"UW-Eau Claire's Native American Student Association decided this year to extend from one week to a full month our campus celebration of Native American history and culture," said Odawa White, retention coordinator in UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs and NASA adviser. "The many activities planned this year are the result of the cooperative efforts of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Native American Student Association and faculty from our American Indian studies program."

The month-long celebration will begin with a traditional blessing ceremony featuring Gordon Thunder, a tribal elder and Ho-Chunk culture and language instructor. The ceremony will run from 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 1 in front of the Nursing Building at the base of the new Oak tree that was planted where the Council Oak Tree once stood.

A series of discussions, lectures and events are planned throughout the month, including:

  • A Dialogue on Diversity event titled "Circle of Seasons" will feature Odawa White, retention coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. It will run from 5-6:30 p.m. April 4 in the Menominee and Oneida rooms of Davies Center.
  • A Diversity Brown Bag titled "Navajo Indian Schools" will feature UW-Eau Claire history professor Dr. Richard St. Germaine. The discussion is slated for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 6 in the Ojibwa Room of Davies Center.
  • A presentation by Joseph Horse Capture, curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and a member of the Gros Ventre (A'aninin) Native American tribe. He will speak about his research on the Ghost Dance and Ghost Dance shirts among the Crow, Blackfoot, Lakota and Northern Cheyenne people. The presentation will be from 7-8 p.m. April 7 in Room 101 of Hibbard Hall.
  • A Diversity Brown Bag titled "1825 Treaty at Prairie du Chien: A Historical Marker" will be led by Brooks Bauer and Susan Caya, UW-Eau Claire history graduate students. It will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 11 in the Potawatomi Room of Davies Center.
  • A Diversity Brown Bag titled "Our Stories, Our Lives" will feature a panel of UW-Eau Claire American Indian students. The panel discussion will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13 in Davies Theatre.
  • A Diversity Brown Bag titled "Act 31 — Educating for Social Justice in Indian Country" will feature UW-Eau Claire English professor Dr. Debra Barker. It will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20 in the Badger Room of Davies Center.
  • A diversity presentation titled "Ojibwe Spearing and Treaty Rights" will feature George Morrow, a Lac Courte Oreilles conservation officer. The program is set for 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 21 in the Alumni Room of Davies Center.
  • The Native American Student Association Pow-wow etiquette questions-and-answer session is slated for 5-6:30 p.m. April 21 in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
  • The Native American Student Association Frybread Taco Sale will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 22 on the Davies Center veranda.
  • A Diversity Brown Bag discussion titled "Ward Churchchill: Is he for real and why do we care?" is slated for 12:30-1:20 p.m. April 22 in Davies Theatre. The discussion will be led by Dr. Carl Allsup, an ethnic studies professor from UW-Platteville.
  • A Diversity Brown Bag discussion titled "Revitalizing Native Traditions: Back to the Future" is set for 12:30-1:30 p.m. April 27 in the Potawatomi Room of Davies Center. Dr. Zoltan Grossman, assistant professor of geography and anthropology at UW-Eau Claire, will lead the discussion.

The 2005 Honoring Education Pow-wow will begin at 11 a.m. April 23 in Zorn Arena. Native food and craft vendors will begin selling at 11 a.m. The Grand Entries are slated for 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the feast is planned for 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, which includes the feast. Children ages 5 and under and elders are free.

For more information about UW-Eau Claire's Native American Awareness Month activities, contact Odawa White, retention coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at (715) 836-3367 or whiteol@uwec.edu.

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JB

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